News leaked earlier this week that BioWare had planned Day 1 DLC for Mass Effect 3. The news was later confirmed with the ÂFrom AshesÂ DLC, which is also available in the CollectorÂs and Digital Deluxe Editions for free. The DLC will be available on launch day to other players for about $10 and adds a new prothean squad mate and a new mission that takes players back to Eden Prime. Protheans are one of the central story character races thought to originally be extinct and one that the entire Mass Effect story revolves around. It was thanks to a piece of their technology in the first game that Shepard learns of the impending reaper threat.
But not everyone is happy about BioWareÂs decision to add the new launch day Mass Effect 3 DLC, and some fans believe the developer simply chipped out a an important portion of the game to sell for an extra ten bucks. TotalBiscuit is even calling for a boycott on the game and calls it "disgraceful behavior." Executive Producer Casey Hudson took to Twitter this week to defend the DLC decision.
It takes about 3 months from "content complete" to bug-fix, certify, manufacture, and ship game discs. In that time we work on DLC.
On #ME3, content creators completed the game in January & moved onto the "From Ashes" DLC, free w/ the CE or you can buy separately.
Of course, there are 300+ pages on the BioWare forums of mixed reactions ranging from somber to extremely hostile about the DLC announcement.
What do you think about launch day DLC? Tell us in the comments below. In the meantime, letÂs see what Francis and TotalBiscuit have to say about it in the video embeds after the break.
Advisory: There is a bit of foul languge in the videos, so you have been warned.